Stelis zothecula Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Small Chambered Stelis [refers to the connivent sepals]

Flower Size .025" [1 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 3050 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on up to 8, erect to suberect, lax, distichous, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, inflated floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide